Our ancestors from all over this great land we now call Australia, grew in peaceful harmony with Mother – an enduring bond honoured through ritual and lifelong devotion to her laws.
Then some 230 years ago, people from foreign lands came here “wrong way” infiltrating the stream of life flowing from the Dreaming, creating a strong turbulence and disturbing the calm.
This is our story as much as it is the story of the newcomers.
Acceptance of a shared story – a story that has transformed our being forever - calls us to reconcile our place in a new world reality.
Bara Barang is committed to helping Aboriginal people shape their identity and culture and invites us to cast ourselves in a new light, to share our stories and live it up.
Story of Creation
Mount Yengo - High Cathedral – is a natural feature of immense spiritual significance to Aboriginal peoples. Not far from Wollombi village silently stands this sacred mountain where the great creator spirit, Baiame, descended from the Mirrabooka with Giong the Whale.
After Baiame created all things, including the first Bora ground, he stepped back into the sky world from Mount Yengo.
Giong the Whale bestowed the kinship system upon the people, which taught them how to relate to each other and stipulated roles, responsibilities and obligations to one another and land. After Giong’s work was done, he retreated to the sea.
The annual whale migration north reminds us of the importance of maintaining good relationships with all our family members and everyone in our community. The whale symbolises all the values of the kinship system, which determines our behaviour to others.